How to Sew On A Shank Button
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Shank buttons are raised buttons. The mechanism for attaching them is hidden under the button. Here you'll find the way to sew them on so that they stay attached.
- You will need: a shank button, a small flat button, needle and thread, and scissors.
- Locate where you will be attaching the button.
- Make two to three anchor stitches in the fabric.
- On the back or inside of the garment, make one set of stitches to attach the flat button.
- Bring the needle to the top fabric or outside of the garment.
- Take the needle and thread through the button shank and then through to the flat button.
- Leave the shank button loose enough, that the stitches do not pull it down into the fabric.
- Repeat the above step about 6 times.
- Bring the needle to the top fabric, under the shank button.
- Wrap the thread around the thread which is holding on the shank button.
- Make a loop with the needle thread, bring the needle around the button anchoring thread and through the loop.
- Repeat the above step at least three times.
- Bring the needle and thread to the inside of the garment and knot off the thread under the flat button.
- Cut the thread.
- Using a flat button on the inside of the garment helps protect the garment from extra wear.
- Pull each stitch taut to prevent a knotted mess.
- Wrapping the thread under the shank, tightens the threads to the button and prevent some of the friction which will wear the thread.
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